A wide variety of repertoire choices including new releases. I teach a variety of genres including: Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Popular, Folk, and more!
My name is Kristen B. I am a private voice instructor in the San Diego area. I work from my home studio with students of all ages. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, which has a world-renowned music program. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Voice Primary, Piano Secondary. I also have obtained my Masters in Music Education from Boston University. I have extensively studied vocal technique, music theory, and music teaching, and have been trained in Classical, Musical Theater, and Popular music styles.
I was previously a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir (2008-2010). I h
ave sung in many professional venues in New York including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In Philadelphia I have sung at the Kimmel Center. In California I have sung at Copley Symphony Hall.
I am a member of the San Diego Master Chorale, which performs frequently with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. I also cantor at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic church and perform weekly with the choir.
I teach students not only how to sing, but also how to perform. This will benefit all students who are looking to audition for a musical, or are interested in performing in front of an audience.
I also teach students how to read music and understand basic music theory. This will benefit students who want to further their musical knowledge.
I believe that it is important for music students to learn how to be true musicians. For this reason I have created a student centered curriculum that includes a variety of learning objectives including: vocal and breathing technique, improvisation, listening and interpreting, student song selection, performance, music theory, and community musical involvement.
*** Lesson Details *** All students who work with me have their own personalized lesson plans. Together we work towards achieving the student's individual goals. I teach my students the skills to become successful musicians. Students then use these skills in practice at home.
I believe that healthy singing is the most important thing for students to learn. I teach students proper breathing techniques along with healthy vocal practices. Each lesson will start with a warm up. These warm ups will help strengthen the voice so it does not become injured or strained.
I also believe that it is important for singers to know how to read sheet music and to know a bit about musical theory. For students who do not know how to read music, part of the lesson will be devoted to learning musical theory. This is important for home practice, and for furthering musical knowledge.
Andrew B. July 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Kristen is SO helpful. I've only taken a few classes so far and my vocal abilities and confidence behind a microphone have improved drastically. I started singing late -- at age 27 -- and without much instruction so it has been a difficult process on a steep learning curve so far (the past two years). Kristen punts me farther up that curve every time we meet :).
She is structured but not rigid, super knowledgeable and very professional. Highly recommend her!
Jill E. June 1, 2014
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Emily has made great strides in singing! Thanks Kristen!
MarikoH January 5, 2012
My son was nervous before he get lesson,but after the lesson he said he had fun, and he can't wait for the next lesson.
An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in 2014 with the Etruria Opera Festival in Tarquinia Italy as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica of Puccini. She was also the soprano soloist on the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi with the FestivalBarocco in Viterbo and Nepi Italy, under the direction of Maestro Stefano Vignati. She has been a featured artist at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2014 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014 Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundra
sier for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.
Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the Tuscia Opera Festival Lyric Academy, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the American students who come over to participate with the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is completing her Masters studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She is currently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.
Rebecca is a regular performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include Sir David Willcocks, Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, Mary Mackenzie, Annetta Monroe, Dianna Ruggiero, and Cecilia Valdenassi.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.
I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.
The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.
Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 5 and up.
*** Studio Equipment *** CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder
*** Travel Equipment *** Yamaha keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory, audition preparation. I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
Mary G. May 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rebecca is a great teacher! My daughter is really enjoying working with her...and she's very picky about who she likes. Rebecca is friendly, easy going and very easy to work with!
Rachel G. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We have completed one month thus far and Rebecca has done a marvelous job:)
Rachel is really enjoying her lessons!
Jordan S. June 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Learn to safely create that big, brassy sound that Broadway is famous for!
I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am
a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University. Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
*** Lesson Details *** Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student's creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.
Parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Specialties ***
Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
Lynne G. July 21, 2015
Online Verified Student
Tiffini is an exceptional teacher and makes learning piano really enjoyable for our 14 year old daughter. We are amazed how far our daughter has come in such a short time, this is thanks to Tiffini's teaching methods and patience. Would highly recommend her for lessons.
Ashley M. July 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had Tiffini for both Acting and Piano lessons and she was amazing! She was very supportive and patient which is very important in my opinion. She always makes sure you are learning at your pace and catering to your individual learning style! I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
Jon July 11, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
I was having trouble finding an appropriate song for an audition and Tiffini used her expertise to help guide me toward a few appropriate selections. We worked on each song and now I have some solid additions to my audition repertoire. Thank you Tiffini! I really enjoy working with you and appreciate all your knowledge and creative input in developing my vocal style and range. When I auditioned, I got the part! I would definitely recommend Tiffini for lessons.
With both a background in Classical Voice and Commercial Performance, Francesca strikes the a healthy balance for Broadway singers hoping to sustain strong voices for decades to come.
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.
Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Ange
les College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for presidents and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.
Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.
With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance ~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation ~Discover music technology and performance techniques ~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing
~Voice and Instrument Coaching ~Song Writing and Selection ~Demo Recording ~Image / Art / Photography Consulting ~Finding your signature sound and style ~Live Performance 101 ~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy ~Song Analysis and Consulting ~Booking gigs
A Note From Francesca:
My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.
I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!
I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.
On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.
On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.
*** Studio Equipment *** Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!
*** Travel Equipment *** Varies
*** Specialties *** Francesca on Artist Development:
I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-
Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.
It's funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?
I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That's a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.
I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who's showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.
I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.
Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.
It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.
You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.
Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
April Martin July 4, 2015
Online Verified Student
I took a wild chance finding Francesca online, not knowing anyone who'd worked with her and not knowing whether lessons online would feel right. but I was more than amazed. Francesca is so articulate, enthusiastic, encouraging, intelligent, tuned in, and just plain musical - the lesson time flew by so fast and I hardly noticed that we weren't in the same room (in fact we were 3,000 miles apart!). She's not a musician who happens to teach, she's a truly gifted and accomplished teacher. I'm very excited about all I can learn from her!
Mark A. June 23, 2015
Country Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
A skilled instructor with a clear intention and instruction!
Kayla M. June 9, 2015
Online Verified Student
Fantastic with my 6-year old. A natural; love her approach.
Learn the fundamentals of the Broadway sound: belting, mixing and breath support as well as the standard repertoir
Tasha is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing and teaching all styles of music. As her student, you can expect lessons to be fun and stress-free. Tasha loves nothing more then helping people sing better and form a new love of music through singing. She will teach you fundamental singing techniques as well as how to blend drama and performance into your singing to create a rich creative experience. Tasha holds her M.M. in Voice Performance from Indiana University and her B.M. from Northwestern University.
*** Lesson Details *** Tasha tailors her lessons to suit the needs of each
individual student. Open communication is a key part of being in her studio. Ask questions! Tasha also believes that singing should always be fun. In fact, the better you get at singing, the more fun it becomes. Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time. Tasha will give you the tools you need to be able to approach music and singing with ease. Along with singing, Tasha can also teach you basic music theory and foreign language diction.
*** Studio Equipment *** Students will have the benefit of my vast music library as well as a Roland digital piano for use during lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring the required materials (sheet music, flashcards, etc) each lesson. I expect students to have a piano/keyboard available at their location
*** Specialties *** Classical voice, music theatre, pop music
Katie P. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tasha is a great teacher. She is very positive and enthusiastic. She made a great connection with my 12 year old daughter. She has a beautiful voice and seemed to bring out the best in my daughter's voice. (I know nothing about singing technique, so really can't evaluate that.) She was always on top of scheduling and make-ups if she or my daughter had lesson conflicts. Tasha has a wonderful energy and puts a lot of effort into engaging her students. We will miss her.
Cairon J. June 5, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Tasha is wonderful and truly one of the best instructors we've ever come across in our 10 years of having private vocal lessons. What she brings out in her students is amazing. Improvement is seen in each and every session. On top of her abilities to teach and inspire, she's very personable and respectful with her students which allows for a comfortable learning environment and puts her students at ease. My daughters absolutely love her!
Michele S. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tasha was amazing !! Olivia learned so much from her about voice control, reading music, a very comprehensive music lesson every time. She and Olivia had a great connection and it showed in Olivia's weekly progress. Highly recommend Tasha to anyone looking for a voice coach.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Paula
"Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Allison
"She's so awesome
I absolutely love her she is teaching me about my voice better than anyone else."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Can't wait for the next lesson every week!
Fantastic teaching methods and high vibing energy. Makes learning fun and encourages students to push there
limits and grow to be the very best they are capable of."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Mike
"Everything you need and more...
One of my biggest issues with voice teachers is that they try to strip you of what makes you, you!
From day one, Peter g
ot to know me and works from the inside out to produce a sound that was not only connected to breath but emotionally invested and honest! So many actor's lack this nowadays. This is so valuable as a musical theatre actor. Also, he allows you to "go there" and provides a safe environment to do so.
Peter is willing to be patient and work with you long term. He was so invested in my work and reaching goals. He gives that extra bump of confidence I need and I always leave feeling great!
What is most profound... as a more classical musical theatre actor in a ever changing pop/rock world, I am able to confidently show up at an audition for a pop musical. He pulls this healthy pop/rock singing technique from the classical technique and it really works!
In terms of availability, he is flexible and worth every penny!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by jihye
"She is a good teacher.
At first, she found my weak points and strong points very well. She is very good at time management. She is nice and kind. Befor t
aking a class, I was nervous about communication because I'm a foreigner. But there isn't any problem. I'm really satisfied with her. ^^*"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Julia
"Tiffini is an awesome teacher! We originally met when I performed in a series of youth theater productions that she directed and I began taking voice less
ons from her soon after. Tiffini truly cares about her students. She has greatly enhanced my confidence auditioning by helping me select appropriate songs, working patiently on difficult sections of the piece, and providing clear acting support. She also teaches online and is very accessible via email and Skype. She has been an invaluable resource and I'm very grateful to have worked with her."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Wi-Moto is an incredible teacher
Wi-Moto creates a stress free environment where productivity is always guaranteed. After working with her for only 8 wee
ks my vocal range was expanded dramatically. She helped me snag the lead in my schools musical and worked with me on my college audition monologues until they were perfected. If your looking for a acting or vocal coach look no further."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sue
"Alex is a wonderful teacher and has been so supportive of my daughter's passion for singing. Alex is a great singer himself and even though he sings mostl
y opera he knows all the ins and outs of broadway as well. My daughter loves taking lessons with him and she's improved tremendously over the past year. With his help she earned the lead role in her school production of The Sound of Music!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amanda
"The Best of the Best!
"Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his stude
nts work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual.""